Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Ogdensburg

Evangelization

The Office of New Evangelization exists
To support parishes in forming
Joy-Filled, Intentional,
Missionary Disciples of Jesus Christ
So that On Fire with the Holy Spirit
They will be witnesses that
transform the culture around them.

RESOURCE FOR THE WEEK: Catholic Answers

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The other day I gave a presentation to the Eastern Region Commissioned Lay Ministry Association on the topic of Apologetics and Evangelization.  Apologetics is all about giving the reason for our hope, making a case for our faith, for the reasons behind our faith.  But there are times when sharing our faith and the story of our encounters with Jesus Christ may lead to unexpected questions which are difficult to answer.  Sometimes it is just a question of finding the right words. Sometimes it is a question that you simply have never thought about and so you are not quite sure of the answer.

Sometimes, you might be tempted to make up an answer, either out of pride or out of fear that if you don't answer the question, the questioner will walk away or assume that the Church has no answer. But the best thing you can do is to honestly say "I don't know", and then follow it up with "but I can find out." If at all possible, be sure to follow up.  As Catholics, we have many resources available to find answers to any question about the faith: we can consult the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we can ask our priest, or someone who is more knowledgeable in the faith, but today's resource is a the website for Catholic Answers: https://www.catholic.com/

There are very few, if any, original questions.  At some point or another, the question you were asked was most likely asked before and answered.  On the Catholic Answers mission page it states that "Catholic Answers is a media ministry that answers questions about what the Church really teaches" and "Our goal is to be the most trusted and accessible source for sharing, explaining, and defending the Catholic faith through as many media as possible: from personal contact to the most innovative means of mass communication." In forty years, there are very few topics that have not been covered by this ministry.  If you are stumped by a question, or simply have a question yourself, enter the topic or question in the search box and this website will offer several articles, audio files,  videos and other media in plain English that are to the point and reflect Catholic teaching.  It is also a great website to look at their latest content which is available on the homepage, whether to learn something new yourself, or to discover new ways to put difficult topics into words.  If you prefer to listen, there are also links to radio shows, such as Catholic Answers LIVE or podcast that you can download so you can listen on your commute or when out for a walk.